As the trolley carrying the scab played by Nathan Lane approaches the worker protesters, there are no trolley tracks in between the mob and the trolley.
In the next shot, they suddenly appear in the dirt under young Francis's feet.
And, reading the book, you don't have to take Rachel the bratty narrator very seriously; her self-pity is so thinly masked by humor and unabashed mean-spiritedness that you feel that the author is exploiting her life—trashing it by presenting it as a juicy, fast-action comic strip about a marriage of celebrities." The film opened in 843 theaters in the United States on July 25, 1986, and earned ,783,079 during its opening weekend, ranking number two at the box office behind Aliens.
It eventually grossed a total of ,314,189 in the US.
Babenco clearly had a vision, and displays a maturity I hadn't expected from him.Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a bitter, sour movie about two people who are only marginally interesting" and placed much of the blame on screenwriter Nora Ephron, who "should have based her story on somebody else's marriage.That way, she could have provided the distance and perspective that good comedy needs." He felt "she apparently had too much anger to transform the facts into entertaining fiction." Variety thought it was "a beautifully crafted film with flawless performances and many splendid moments, yet the overall effect is a bit disappointing" and added, "While the day-to-day details are drawn with a striking clarity, Ephron's script never goes much beyond the mannerisms of middle-class life.It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by William Kennedy, who also wrote the screenplay.It stars Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, with Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Nathan Lane and Tom Waits in supporting roles.